Danny Bellmore Pre Contest Week 3 (Deload)

I recently did the Maine State Open back in November. Even though I benched and pulled my best I wasn’t very pleased with my performance.


I am currently in the pre-contest phase of my training for the 2016 APF Senior Nationals in Jacksonville, Fl. Brian will be handling my programing for the next 10 weeks.

I really worked on bar position this week keeping a more upright position. Derek Wilcox has been a real big help with helping me dial in my squat.  I am also dialing in my gear as we get closer to meet time.


425 5 singles

2” high Box Squats

275 x 5

325 x 5

375 x 5

Bulgarian Split Squats

75 3 x 10

Suit Case Carry

100yds each side


Paul Key offered me some insight on my foot position. I took the week of the deload to work on this. I was able to get my hips much higher allowing me to increase foot drive.


75% 475 6 singles

Raw 2 brd

225 x 6

255 x 6

290 x 6

DB Floor Press

50 x 15

60 x 15

60 X 15

DB Skulls

40 x 10

45 x 10

50 x 10

Kick Back’s

25   3 x 15

This week I worked primarily on my set up. I have had my Fusion suit altered a few times……just trying to get the right feel in the hips.



405 5 singles

5” Conv Block Pulls

300 x 3

325 x 3

375 x 3

Barbell Row

125 x 12

135 x 12

145 x 12

Dumbell Shrug

70 x 12

80 x 12

90 x 12

Bird Dogs

3×15   15 sec hold

I want to take a moment and congratulate Tucker on his win this past weekend. Tucker has had a very rough year with some medical set backs. Like a true champion he prevailed.

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Danny Bellmore

Danny has been involved in powerlifting since 1994. The first swing at a career was short lived due to a major back injury in 1999 that resulted in a 3-level spinal (lumbar) fusion. At that point, he took a 10-year break. Avoiding the gym all together because his body, and back, just never felt right. In 2010, Danny went to handle a good friend at a local meet. That experience re-ignited the fire within and he was back under the bar, never looking back. Danny established an elite total at my first meet back in 2010 and then accomplished a win at the 2012 APF Masters Nationals. Through his win at the APF Masters, he was training using the Conjugate Method, but he wanted a change. He needed a change. Danny reached out to a friend who stated that Brian and the Samson Barbell crew had it going on. In the process of connecting with Brian, he has endured a few setbacks. During our initial discussions, he had torn my rotator cuff and labrum, along with a separated AC joint. The surgery did not "take" and just nine months later, he was back under the knife for a "do-over." During the healing process, he had lost feeling and strength in my right arm. Being pig headed, he waited and waited. My choice to remain stubborn backfired, and I was back in the OR for another spinal (cervical) fusion. Now healed, and a few years under Brian, Danny’s total has moved to 1871 @ 165. He doesn’t like to predict or talk about goals, but he wants more, and feels like he has more. Plans now are to compete at the Senior Nationals in Jacksonville, Florida this June.
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